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Palmerston North born Indian Vanisa Dhiru is a champion for equity issues, working for change in human rights. She holds commissioner roles with the NZ National Commission of UNESCO and the Library & Information Advisory Commission, as well as advisory and trust roles for NGOs and other government agencies.

Her passion for equality, developing young people and cultural relations stems from growing up in Palmerston North and Vanisa credits the sense of community that went with working in the family dairy for the direction she has taken in life.

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